Arts Administration

Arts Administration: The Brussels Manifesto

Brussels Manifesto


AAAE is pleased to announce the release of The Brussels Manifesto on Arts Management, Cultural Management and Policy Education. Drafted in partnership with ENCATC, the European network on cultural management and policy and TACPS, the Taiwan Association of Cultural Policy Studies, the document is the first of its kind to present the current needs and future visions of educators, researchers, cultural operators and public authorities to make significant advancements in the field of cultural management and cultural policy. It is meant to raise issues to develop dialogue, and to offer an opportunity for discussion among our respective members and between our (and other) networks.

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The Brussels Manifesto is the culmination of a series of dialogues between the three networks and other representatives from the international community, having taken place on 30 May 2017 in Edinburgh, UK and again in Brussels on a format of a global conversation open to major institutional stakeholders on 28 September 2017. It also incorporates input from the members of ENCATC, AAAE and TACPS collected via a wide social media campaign. Today’s reveal follows eleven months of intense discussions, contributions from invited experts, and crucial input from the networks’ members to reflect on the role and position as networks in Arts Management, Cultural Management and Cultural Policy education and research in a globalizing world.

This document is intended to be a tool to reflect the shared values of three major networks: ENCATC, AAAE and TACPS who represent a collective of arts and cultural management educational networks from Europe, North America and Asia. Furthermore, it aims to advocate on behalf of the work of their institutions, and articulate what is possible with a progressive and innovative approach to arts management, cultural management and policy education.

Seven key statements are expressed in the Manifesto:
•    the need for sound management, policy and research approaches;
•    the respect and value of diversity in our interconnected world;
•    the support of local, regional and national needs in a context of globalization;
•    the creation of a space for peer-learning;
•    the role as an incubator for innovative methodologies and investment in the cultural sector;
•    the need for comparative, interdisciplinary and practice-based research;
•    the exploration of different organizational forms and collaboration models of arts and culture that can transform society, education, and business.

In its final version, the Manifesto has been written in the framework of the new Global Conversation project developed by ENCATC and AAAE and to which TACPS later joined. Key leaders on the initiative include Sherburne Laughlin (American University, USA), Alan Salzenstein (DePaul University, USA), and Annick Schramme (University of Antwerp/Antwerp Management School, BE).

After the Manifesto’s launch, ENCATC, AAAE and TACPS will build upon it to create a network of networks as a platform for innovation and exchange. With combined membership of more than 280 higher education and cultural institutions across 40 countries worldwide, this document and the corresponding initiative will result in more enhanced international exchanges, cross-cultural collaborations, and a strong unified voice for arts management, cultural management and cultural policy education and research.

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